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Eco-Logical Organic Landscaping

Steve Restmeyer Phone: 516-345-6040

Owner Fax:

PO Box 9 Website: www.ecologicallandscape.com

Yaphank NY 11980 Email: lioha9@aol.com

Service Categories: structural commercial school

landscape residential golf course

Ecological landscape design and maintenance use beneficial insects, soil microbes, soil nutrition and appropriate plants to create balanced landscapes that are also beautiful. We use ecosystem engineers and managers who are experienced in residential, commercial & indoor gardens, exotics & natives, personal sanctuaries, meditation gardens and wildlife gardens.


What is your definition of Integrated Pest Management (IPM)?

An excuse to use pesticides. It is NOT ORGANIC or (applied ecology) natural. I have found several cases of the public being misled through an IPM program that was supposed to reduce pesticides, but actually did not. We practice ecological pest management (EPM), which eliminates 100% of toxic chemical use.

 

Is pest management performed on a specific schedule?

Beneficial insect releases for aphids, mites & gypsy moths in the spring. Nematodes when necessary. Bird houses are installed before spring. Most infestations are controlled after a monitor has identified a problem.

 

How are pest problems identified?

By an educated field monitor or samples taken for ID, tick dragging to identify host and treating rodent vectors with Daminex (pyrethrum treated cotton for mouse holes to kill deer ticks).

 

What practices do you use to prevent and/or control pests?

Find the source of the pest and eliminate it at the source using knowledge of the pest to find weak links in its life cycle for the best control. We use soil innoculants, birdhouse & habitat development, proper plant placement and insect releases.

 

Do you use biological controls?

Bt, nematodes, beneficial insects & mycellium (fungus). Creation of bird habitat to encourage insectivore inhabitation.

Do you use borates?

As an ant bait and wood wash for boring beetles.

Do you use synthetic chemicals?

No!!

What are the top 10 pesticides you use/sell/recommend?

We recommend that no pesticides be used.

If pesticides are used, how much are used per year of each?

None.

Does your company perform habitat modification?

Water Ecosystems help diversify the habitat of suburban ecosystems. Berry producing and bramble bushes encourage birds. Pruning trees to increase ant flow to control mosquitoes and apple rust.

 

Do you use any physical or mechanical controls?

We physically weed. Foliar washes to clean infested plants of mites and scales and aphids using cosmetic grade soap. We also apply a compost topdressing to turf to bury dormant annual weed seeds.

 

What type of fertilizers do you use/sell/recommend?

Organic with microbes and crushed rock. We also use and recommend Organica, Plant Health Care, Espoma, Greensand, Rock phosphorous, Mother Earth Organics, Bradfeild, North Country Organics.

 

What do you usually use/sell/recommend for addressing:

termites Nematodes.

cockroaches Boric acid baits.

fleas Nematodes outdoors. Nightlight with sticky trap for indoors.

carpenter ants Boric acid baits.

fire ants Did Not Respond (DNR)

ants (indoor) Boric acid baits.

crabgrass Topdress and seed.

dandelions Mow, pull or spot treat.
other
Gypsy moths - parasitic wasp; Spidermites - praying mantis egg case.

How do you evaluate effectiveness of your pest management

By the health and appearance of the plants.

References

DNR